Indian Journal of Medical Research

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 152  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 508--514

Impact of Integrated Amrita Meditation® technique on stress in type 2 diabetic patients


KS Sarika1, Harish Kumar2, Vandana Balakrishnan1, KR Sundaram3 
1 Department of Physiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi, Kerala, India
2 Department of Endocrinology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi, Kerala, India
3 Department of Biostatistics, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Harish Kumar
Department of Endocrinology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kochi 682 041, Kerala
India

Background & objectives: Several studies on mind-body relaxation techniques have demonstrated a reduction in psychological stress levels. Implementation of such cost-effective, persons suffering from chronic disorders would be beneficial for the diabetic population. This study was undertaken to understand the effect of Integrated Amrita Meditation® technique (IAM®) technique on stress and its benefit in attaining a better glycaemic control. Methods: Thirty type 2 diabetic patients aged between 30 and 65 yr were consecutively recruited for the study. They were randomly allocated to IAM® and control groups. Weight, body mass index (BMI), fasting blood glucose (FBG), glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) and perceived stress scale (PSS) were the variables assessed pre- and post-intervention during the three-month study period. Results: The mean changes between baseline and three months in the experimental group showed statistically significant decrease in HbA1c (P=0.018) as well as psychological stress (P<0.001), whereas an increase in weight (P=0.046) and FBG (P=0.029) was observed in the control group. When the pre- and post-mean changes of the study variables were assessed between the two groups, the differences obtained were statistically significant for weight (P=0.048), BMI (P=0.055), HbA1c (P=0.034) and PSS (P≤0.001). Interpretation & conclusions: The findings suggest that stress is an important risk factor hindering the glycaemic control of diabetic patients. Through reduction of psychological stress by IAM® practice, diabetic patients can attain a better glycaemic control along with the usual treatment regimens.


How to cite this article:
Sarika K S, Kumar H, Balakrishnan V, Sundaram K R. Impact of Integrated Amrita Meditation® technique on stress in type 2 diabetic patients.Indian J Med Res 2020;152:508-514


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Sarika K S, Kumar H, Balakrishnan V, Sundaram K R. Impact of Integrated Amrita Meditation® technique on stress in type 2 diabetic patients. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jun 21 ];152:508-514
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